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Firms Form Alliance To Bring Powerline Nets To Homes

A group of large Japanese electronics firms has established an alliance to promote the establishment of home powerline networks. The networks would connect consumer devices in the home including DVD players, PCs, digital cameras, televisions, and IP phones. The alliance intends to use existing electrical wiring in homes.

Announced Thursday, the Consumer Electronics Powerline Communications Alliance (CEPCA), is aiming to attract U.S. firms to join the not-for-profit organization.

"They want to start here in the U.S. and take it worldwide," said Will Safer, speaking for CEPCA. "This is about the creation of a standard." Safer, a spokesman for Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), said CEPCA wants the standard to pave the way for existing and future products to communicate with each other.

The planned standard would be submitted to the IEEE, he added.

In addition to Matsushita, the firms forming the alliance include Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Sony Corp., Hitachi Ltd., Pioneer Corp. Sanyo Electric, Toshiba Corp., and Yamaha Corp. CEPCA was founded initially in January by Matsushita, Mitsubishi, and Sony.

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